I come from a large family of siblings. We are geographically scattered in several different states. While we may not see each other as often as we might like, we love and respect each other.
One thing my mother always told us throughout her life was to love and look out for each other. Before she died she told us to take care of our father. We have honored her wishes.
And it is because of health-related issues effecting family members that I will be taking some time off in serving them. This weekend I will be flying out. If you look at the story in my featured list, you will see one titled, An Extraordinary God can work through ordinary people. There you will read the account of my brother-in-law who has prostate cancer. Next week he and my sister will be heading to the Bahamas where his surgery will take place.
They are the primary caretakers of my nearly 90 year old father. I’m a Daddy’s girl so I look forward to the fellowship with him while ministering to his needs. I will also spend time with their daughter, baking cookies, doing fun kid stuff and trying to help her not be distracted by the absence of her parents.
For those who participated in the “Clicking for Cancer” campaign, THANK YOU. As of this writing a little less than half of the $25,000 needed for the surgery expenses has been raised. We continue to look to God to provide the rest, however He chooses.
I will also spend a few days with a sister who has recently been diagnosed with a degenerative bone disease which leaves her in much pain. She is currently undergoing therapy and taking medication to alleviate the constant pain. In addition to that, her husband, another brother-in-law had a stroke this week. He is now recuperating.
And then there is my AC family consisting of my fans, favorites and followers. I cannot even begin to express the gratitude and appreciation that I feel towards each of you. You all bring a unique perspective to your writings, poetry, slideshows and audios. I am learning so much. For those who are non-AC members but who follow my work, thanks for your support. I hope to be on this journey for years to come.
I think of the song that says, Bless be the tie that bind. To me it is quite appropriate as I “leave” for these few weeks. Although I may have some occasions where I may be able to utilize a computer and check in on AC from time to time, it won’t be with the same regularity. I will be submitting a few more articles before I leave tomorrow.
But don’t worry I’ll be back with more stories to tell, audios to make and slideshows to present. As you get a chance please continue reading my articles. It is my intention to make comments when I return back to my regular routine or if the opportunity presents itself during my time of serving family.
I would certainly appreciate your prayers for my brothers-in-law, my sisters and father during this time. God doesn’t give us more than we can bear. He will give us the strength that is necessary for us to travel while on this journey.
Looking forward to “hearing” from you all in the near future. Until such time, I pray God’s greatest blessings to each and every one of you.
And here’s a big bear hug and High 5 wrapped with love.